Tuesday, August 16

Day: June 3, 2016

Airbus reconfigure A380 seating plan to squeeze fifth seat in middle row
ENGLISH, Technology

Airbus reconfigure A380 seating plan to squeeze fifth seat in middle row

    Economy class looks set to get even more cramped as Airbus reveals a new cabin layout that can shoehorn 11 people into one row – enough to start a football team. The new A380 configuration raises the grim prospect of a middle middle seat, which suddenly makes holidaying at home an attractive option. Airbus says the new 3-5-3 seating plan – which could be used instead of the current 3-4-3 arrangement – would help airlines squeeze 23 additional passengers into economy class. The changes are part of a broader shakeup inside the A380 which includes a new stair galley at the rear of the plane and tweaks to the layout in premium economy and business class. In all, says Airbus, the changes could make space for an additional 70 passengers. The A380 is currently the biggest passeng...
Man falls from theatre balcony during performance of Grease
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Man falls from theatre balcony during performance of Grease

    A teenager is in hospital after jumping off a balcony during a theatre performance and landing on a spectator. The 18-year-old male is thought to have been watching Grease at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool when he plunged off the edge around 9.30pm. Audience members were said to have shouted and screamed as they watched him land on top of the female spectator. Robert Simmill, who was at the performance with his mother, girlfriend and her mother, told the Telegraph he saw a body fall 10 minutes into the second half. The 17-year-old, from Lancaster, said: “There was a loud thud as he hit the centre aisle. Everyone around got up and started screaming and shouting. People from the audience were shouting at the actors to stop. I looked up to the third tier as I was in the stall...
Can’t fall asleep? Try this super simple trick
ENGLISH, Life Style

Can’t fall asleep? Try this super simple trick

    Some things in life are necessary, like food, water, and shelter. But, to be reasonably content human beings, we need a few more things. Human contact is good, alone time is great, but at the top of the list? Decent sleep. Personally, I am about 1/8 the person I'd like to be when I'm going on four hours of tossing and turning. I'm 1/8 as smart, 1/8 as capable, and about 1/100 as friendly. Good sleep is absolutely mandatory. But, falling asleep is one of those Chinese finger-trap tasks that I'd never been able to master. I'd lie awake thinking about how not asleep I was, look at the clock, turn over, and repeat. The longer I stayed awake worrying about it, the harder it became to actually fall asleep. Until I discovered a new method. Keep in mind, I'm taking liberties with ...
Disabled woman has benefits removed by DWP after trying to find work
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Disabled woman has benefits removed by DWP after trying to find work

    A paraplegic woman has been penalised by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after resigning from a part-time job she sought herself but was unable to continue due to ill health. The woman had her benefits stopped after she gave up working eight hours a week for a consultancy agency. The DWP allow disabled people to receive sickness benefits if they are employed fewer than 16 hours a week and earn less than £115.50 for it. Speaking to the Guardian under the pseudonym Sarah Jones, she said she received written permission from the DWP to start work. But by March, Ms Jones told the DWP she had to resign because the job was taking a toll on her health. A month later, the DWP fraud department accused her of working without permission. Ms Jones was asked to fill in a "per...
First glimpse of boy found alive after parents left him in bear infested woods as punishment
Asia, ENGLISH

First glimpse of boy found alive after parents left him in bear infested woods as punishment

    Laying on a stretcher surrounded by medics, this is one of the first images of the seven-year-old boy who was left by his parents in bear-infested woods as a punishment. Young Yamato Tanooka was discovered at a remote Japanese military base about 2.5 miles from where he vanished almost a week ago. He was dumped by the side of the road in Hokkaido, Japan by his parents who wanted to discipline him for throwing stones at cars. But after nearly a week's search, involving up to 130 police officers, the youngster was found alive and unharmed. In images captured shortly after the youngster was found, the boy can be seen being led away on a stretcher by medics as an emergency helicopter hovers overhead. Rescue officers who found the boy said his first words were: "I'm hungry." Th...